In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World – early registration thru Feb 3 (Forks Over Knives tonight!)

Hi everyone,

This coming Wednesday, February 3, is the last day of early registration for In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World, a 5-session group series to learn and refine the practice of the method created by Dr David Berceli, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises. (What is TRE?)

We are a highly traumatized culture, in denial about it, and it is dangerous. We desperately need a better understanding of trauma to enter the mainstream so we as a society might make better choices as to what we think of as solutions.

While the current race for US President stands out as an exceptionally good example of our culture’s trauma, it is by no means the only one worthy of recognition. It is the new norm in our society to live feeling chronically overwhelmed by the day-to-day routine, with most people not recognizing that as trauma. A human nervous system might beg to differ. Beyond overwhelm, we have come to applaud narcissistic grandiosity, disconnection and hyper-independence. Humiliation and bullying have become sources of entertainment, as if sports. It is easy to place blame externally and say if only so and so would do it differently, we could live in a better, healthier, happier existence. Continue reading

Living congruent with our values | Upcoming events

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hi everyone,

As much as December offers a time to look back reflectively on the year that was, January brings a clean slate to begin again. It provides us with the opportunity to re-commit to the process of living congruent with our values and the life we genuinely aspire to live. Sometimes summoning our will isn’t enough because as homeostatic beings, we need transformation to come from a deeper place within us if it is to be lasting. Finding ways to re-inhabit our own body and surrounding ourselves with social support can be essential in re-aligning our life. Spending time in nature and with animals is another aspect. The sense of feeling that we belong to a greater whole can be fostered by the micro-experience of feeling well-connected to those who are nearby, regardless of species.

In 2016, Living Ubuntu will be increasing its emphasis on support for health, well-being and compassion – for us as individuals, and for the greater whole that extends far beyond humanity only. Continue reading

So much is happening!

Hi everyone,

Thanks again to everyone that showed up at the Living Ubuntu Veggie Grill Fundraiser. It was a lot of fun, great to see all of you, and your support really means a lot.

We also had a really good turnout for our very first “Continuing in the Community” event for the women in City Heights who are part of the East African refugee community. It was so good to see so many coming together in the pursuit of their own personal healing as well as supporting wellness throughout the community. Beginning in September there will be both a women’s group and a men’s group. We continue to need donations to support this project, so any amount you can contribute, one-time or monthly, we would be very grateful for. Donate here. Continue reading

As Phase 3 ends, it’s time for Phase 4: Continuing in the Community (Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego)

The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.
– Rumi

Hi everyone,

Have you been tracking recent developments in the region of eastern Africa? Nick Kristof of the New York Times recently offered a remarkable series on his most recent visit to Sudan, one aptly titled, ‘The Worst Atrocity You’ve Never Heard Of’. Prior to that, he was in South Sudan, and wrote, Tales of Horror Should Galvanize Obama.

Given these extremely horrific situations, we are glad to be able to offer trauma recovery for those who live locally.

As Phase 3 nears its end, it is time to start Phase 4: Continuing in the Community (Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego). Continue reading

Are we prepared for this?

Hi everyone,

By now I am sure you are all well aware of the extreme, heartbreaking devastation following the not just one large earthquake, but multiple large earthquakes, in Nepal. We tend to think of earthquakes as something that ‘just happen’ and are utterly out of our control, but maybe not always. Many have pointed to ‘fracking’ as a contributor in some areas in the U.S. – and — what about climate change?

“Climate change may play a critical role in triggering certain faults in certain places where they could kill a hell of a lot of people,” says Professor McGuire. Some of his colleagues suspect the process may already have started.
(More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Geologists Warn – Newsweek)

Meanwhile, locally, Fire Officials Say San Diego Should Brace For ‘Unprecedented’ Fire Season.

Climate change > drought > fire > trauma > increased risk of domestic violence, trouble learning, substance abuse…

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Resolving Trauma is a Necessity — Early registration ends tomorrow, March 31

Trauma patterns repeat because they seek full resolution.

Hi everyone,

One of the great things about teaching is that it reminds you of what you already know and helps deepen the way you know it. Yesterday, after talking about symptoms of trauma at In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World, I kept thinking about the phrase ‘History repeats itself’ and the way we are often willing to accept this as if that’s just the way it is. Yes, history repeats, yet one aspect of that stems from the fact that unresolved trauma drives us to repeat patterns again and again. We are not doomed and destined to stay stuck in the endless loop of same ol’, same ol’ as if that is the only possible outcome. Trauma patterns repeat because they seek full resolution. Resolve the trauma and we are freed into forward motion, positive paradigm shifts and continuing on the path of healthy collective evolution. Continue reading

We need a more heart-full relationship with the Earth — we need to resolve the trauma.

“Either we develop a more heart-full relationship with the Earth that sustains us, or we destroy ourselves and life on the planet.”
From: We Need to Relearn That We’re a Part of Nature, Not Separate From It
(This essay is absolutely worth reading in its entirety.)

Hi everyone,

This morning I saw the above essay and as I read it I felt spontaneous breath restored into my body, the life force breath of resonating with something that is a profound truth.

We are part of nature, yet mostly live in inner states that block our perception of that.

We have so many incredibly well-intentioned, important movements for social change that deal with issues as if they occur in a vacuum. Perhaps that is yet another symptom of the generalized disconnect.

For those who seek a more peaceful world, e.g. ending domestic, campus, or street violence, genocide, mass atrocities, and etc. — how can we truly progress in those areas without dramatically increasing provisions for traumatized people to resolve the trauma that is part of the root cause of what perpetuates violent reactivity and prevents conflicts from being resolved more peacefully in the first place? How can we expect next generations to be any different, given that trauma is trans-generational, unless the adults are given opportunities to heal? Continue reading

As pulsating organisms we need each other – A Screening of Cowspiracy Feb 28

The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers are our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment, ultimately you do to yourself.
 – Ian Somerhalder

Hi everyone,

If you have ever been fortunate enough to spend time with David Berceli, creator of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), it doesn’t take long before it feels natural to think of the human race as a bunch of pulsating organisms. And once that happens, the world will never look the same again. The trouble is that the vast majority of us are not fully pulsating; in order to block our pain, we are stuck in a defensive contraction. What happens when an entire society is contracted? We potentially miss really important opportunities to support the well-being and survival of our own species.

What if the way we have adapted in order to feel less of our own suffering is blocking us from fully taking in where we are as a species in terms of climate change?

On February 28 Orange County for Climate Action will host A Screening of Cowspiracy in Irvine. I can’t emphasize enough how important viewing this film is – so please join us. As mammals, we cannot regulate ourselves in isolation. We are relational beings and rhythm-bound organisms. When dealing with difficult material – we need each other – we need to be together. Yet, this film is so important that if for some reason you can’t view it with us, please do find a way to watch it on your own.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT
Founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings.


Living Ubuntu planning meetingtomorrow!
Tuesday February 17, 6:30p-8p
Patty’s office: 2424 SE Bristol Street, Suite 300, Newport Beach, CA 92660
If you arrive late, the door will be locked. To be let in, call Patty’s cell: (949) 246-2969
Call in option: (951) 262-4343 | Access code: 377504

In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World (2015) – An 8-Session Group TRE Series
Sunday February 15 – Sunday April 12 (9a-11a, except 3/8: 1p-3p)
Santa Ana

A Screening of Cowspiracy – OCCA
Saturday February 28 (6:30p – 9p)

Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) planning meeting (a Living Ubuntu and UNA-OC partnership)
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30p – 8p
1151 Dove Street #210, Newport Beach CA 92660
Call in option: (951) 262-4343 | Access code: 377504

TRE Global Certification Module I
Friday May 1 – Sunday May 3
San Diego

TRE Global Certification Module II
Friday October 9 – Sunday October 11
San Diego.


In a Gentle Way You Can Shake the World – Gandhi

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. – Gandhi

Hi everyone,

Thanks again to everyone that recently attended Toward a More Peaceful World. As follow-up to that event, In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World (2015) — an 8-session Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) group series in Santa Ana starts Sunday February 15. This group is open to the public, regardless of prior TRE experience (preregistration is required, no walk-ins).

Participating in this group is a great way to continue what you learned during the Dr. David Berceli workshop, and, it is also a great first experience if you missed the workshop and have never learned TRE before. If it is your first time, attendance at the first session is required. Life is busy, so you can come to as many or as few as your schedule permits, however, the benefits of TRE practice are cumulative and gain momentum over time, so I would strongly encourage you to attend as many as you can. If you attend six or more sessions, you will notice far more change than attending fewer sessions. And the group as a whole will also benefit from having consistency in attendees. I will give a little bit of instruction on a different topic each time, but the majority of time will be spent in the actual practice of TRE.

Living Ubuntu is a volunteer-run organization. I will be donating my time for this group. All net proceeds will benefit Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for East Africa Refugees in San Diego. Once again, here is an opportunity for you to invest in your own well-being, while supporting TRE research, and helping us to provide services to a traumatized population that often doesn’t get help recovering, all at the same time! :)

February 15 is less than two weeks away, and space is limited, so it’s time to sign up. Register here.

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Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) Global Certification Module I Training in San Diego

Trauma induced behavior cannot be rectified with the use of traditional crisis intervention techniques that depend on logical processing because trauma behavior is an illogical, instinctual response not under the control of the rational brain. – Dr. David Berceli


Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)
Global Certification Module I Training in San Diego (2015)

This workshop is open to the public.

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2015 9:30a – 5:00p each day

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 7445 Mission Valley Rd. San Diego, CA 92108

Registration (ends April 24, 2015): $450.00

Space is limited, register early!

TRE Global Certification Module II in San Diego October 9 – 11, 2015

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